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  • Feb 18-24, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 19

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  • The Scene
  • Hukkle

    Hukkle, the directorial debut of Hungarian director Gyorgi Palfi, is an odd little movie that seems, for about half its short running time, to be a psychedelic nature film. It starts with an old man sitting on a bench at the side of a village road, hiccupping. Watching a beekeeper from a bee’s point of view or a fish contemplating a baited hook is only marginally more exotic than watching silent men and women shovel gruel into their waiting mandibles.
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  • Miracle

    Everyone knows the ending, but director Gavin O’Connor and screenwriter Eric Guggenheim do a fine job of telling the story within the story of how the U.S. hockey team beat Russia in the 1980 Olympics. Fabled coach Herb Brooks is played with macho, stony-eyed intensity by Kurt Russell. Miracle does a good job of keeping the story rolling without a lot of schmaltz.
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  • 50 First Dates

    It is not taking pity on Adam Sandler, who recently suffered the loss of his beloved bulldog, Meatball, to say this is one of the few recent comedies worth the price of a movie ticket. The movie doesn’t achieve the slapstick hilarity of Happy Gilmore or the touching humor of Big Daddy, but nonetheless it captures something to keep us glued to the screen. If you like Sandler, you’re likely to love this film.
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  • The Dreamers

    The MPAA no doubt bestowed the dreaded NC-17 rating on this film because Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci’s latest picture displays penises for longer than a few seconds. Bertolucci, best known in America for 1972’s Last Tango in Paris, this time employs three young and beautiful film buffs who sulk and rage against the bourgeoisie and get naked while drinking wine and smoking pot in 1968 Paris.
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Food & Drink

  • Sushi downtown?
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  • Sushi downtown?

    Curries, fried rice, Thai salads and noodles all done in authentic Thai style. Squid and scallops, pork, beef and chicken Thai dishes. Extensive appetizer selections and tasty soups. Vegetarian entrees also. Lively setting.
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